After 2 weeks with exceptionally light activity due to holidays and inclement weather in New York, bond markets get back to business today. Not only do we have a full week of economic data with several significant reports/events, but even the weather is cooperating as NY warmed from the 10's to the 40's over the weekend.
The spooky coincidences continue with this week being the first Treasury auction cycle in 2 weeks, and the more potent 3/10/30yr variant at that. Other contributions include:
Ok, so maybe it's not really that 'spooky,' but taken together, the details of this week certainly add up to "back to business."
Today kicks it off with Factory Orders and ISM Non-Manufacturing, both at 10am. Of the two reports, ISM is the bigger market mover, but neither would override tradeflow considerations if the expected glut of volume happens to carry some momentum.
In other words, a lot of participation is returning to markets today, and if it's biased in either direction, that momentum can be an even bigger market mover than the data. As always, Friday's NFP is bigger than all of it, but let's see how the week begins before considering how it might end.
Chart: Some Considerations Around the 3.0% 10yr Yield Level
The general area around 3.0% is a long-term inflection point that could set the stage for a bounce or merely be the staging area for the next move higher. Any time we find ourselves back at a level that's not only a big round number, but that also acted as a standout ceiling several months earlier, there's hope that it will act as a ceiling again.
In this case, history cautions against holding out hope for such things for very long. While we could easily see this week turn into a pocket of consolidation in the longer-term uptrend in rates, the two most historically similar sell-offs behaved very differently.
Join Now or Login to Post Comments